The pandemic has also led to cancellations of major video game events, including the annual E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo, where . E3 was originally planned for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.
Though the show's been scrubbed, Microsoft's new Xbox Series X and Sony's PlayStation 5 are both due to be released in time for the holiday shopping season. Plenty of details have yet to be announced, including pricing for the new consoles, major titles and new features like .
CNET and our sister site GameSpot will cover all the major game announcements, as well as other conferences that have shifted online, just as we always do -- by providing real-time updates, commentary and analysis you can only get here. GameSpot will also be holding a gaming celebration event this summer called Play for All, with news, interviews and a charity drive with Direct Relief to support health care workers treating COVID-19 patients.
Here's what to expect when it comes to new video game announcements.
Sony PS5 gameplay reveal
June 11 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET
The gaming giant had planned to killing of George Floyd while in police custody., which PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan for the console and that would be held entirely online, lasting about an hour. But it was delayed to June 11, over the
"The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe," Ryan said when announcing the event. "Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware."
Microsoft's Xbox Series X
Microsoft said it's going to have another event in July, when it's expected to show off Halo: Infinite, a new entry in . It'll also provide a peak at games made by .
June 18 at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET
Electronic Arts, opting to hold its EA Play fan event nearby. This year, EA Play will move online as a streaming video show.
EA hasn't shared the event schedule or many details on the games that'll be shown. The company is expected to update its FIFA soccer series, Madden NFL games and NHL titles. CNET sister site GameSpot says rumors point to a new game in the works and a new Battlefield war simulation shooter.
The company delayed its event from June 11, in part out of respect for the George Floyd protests.
July 12 at 12 p.m. PT (Noon)/7 p.m. ET
French game maker Ubisoft announced it'll be holding an "E3-style showcase" on July 12, likely with more gameplay from its upcoming historical action game Assassin's Creed Valhalla and possibly its upcoming hacker game Watch Dogs: Legion.
Nintendo, which makes the Switch video game console, has held an annual Nintendo Direct video livestream since 2013 timed with E3 in June. So far, the company hasn't announced a date for this year's event, and rumors suggest it may be delayed until after early June. Nintendo declined to comment.
American game maker the Elder Scrolls planned for this year. Bethesda didn't respond to a request for comment.also holds news conferences at E3, during which it discusses its newest titles. The company has updates for the and
Sony had already said it in early June. Sony said it currently has no additional details to share., though it's still planning to release its PlayStation 5. So far, the company hasn't given the public a sense of what the video game console will look like, how much it'll cost or which games will be released at launch. The company is expected to provide those details sometime this summer, possibly